Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: November 28, 2010
Designer and author Amy Barickman shares sewing history about correspondence courses offered in the 1920s at the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. Inspired by institute founder Mary Brooks Picken, Amy wrote a book featuring some of Mary's beautiful artwork and material.
Premiered: December 12, 2010
Amy Barickman continues the conversation about Mary Brooks Picken, founder of the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. The institute taught over 300,000 women sewing techniques and the art of homemaking. Inspired by Mary, Amy wrote "Vintage Notions", a book including patterns, recipes, quotes, techniques, and Mary Brooks Picken's beautiful artwork.
Premiered: March 2, 2015
The Quilt Index has been online for about ten years, and has catalogued over 54,000 quilts from all over the United States. Amy Milne, representative of the Quilt Index joins Nancy via Skype to make people more aware of this awesome research tool. The Quilt Index is a free, open access project of Matrix, Michigan State University Museum, and the Quilt Alliance.
Premiered: November 3, 2014
The barn quilt idea, conceived to honor a quilting mom, expanded into a multitude of barn quilt trails. The book, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" by Suzi Parron tells about the American quilt trails featuring quilts painted on barns across North America. These paintings have brought neighbors together, expanded tourism, and created a celebration of local heritage and culture.
Premiered: November 10, 2014
Modern quilts, from Thomas Knauer’s book "Modern Quilt Perspectives," speaks to issues of the day, featuring 12 symbolic quilts that reflect current values and ideas. Thomas gives insight for the colorful “Cinderblocks”—a new version Log Cabin, “Ampersand”— a lighthearted colorful novelty print quilt, and “Mitosis”—colorful cell blocks inspired by the cell donated to conceive his second child.
Premiered: February 3, 2013
Brenda Hutchings joins Nancy via Skype to explain how sewing small artistic dolls for women in domestic abuse shelters can be very meaningful. Comfort Dolls are created with loving hands and given with joyful hearts. These small dolls are the perfect size to be carried in a purse as a gentle reminder that someone cares.
Premiered: August 10, 2015
Carol Butzke, an AQS certified quilting judge, explains that judges take much more than excellent workmanship in consideration when choosing a Best of Show quilt. Choice of fabric for the theme, creativity, style, and design are all important features. As you can imagine, judging is difficult and attention to every detail is necessary when choosing the very best quilt in a show.
Premiered: November 24, 2014
Share your unwanted fabric and notions with a Charity Sharity group, or start your own group. Charity Sharity collects donated fabric, sorts it, and distributes it free of charge to local charities needing fabric for their projects. These distributions help various organizations and individuals obtain fabric for heart-warming and life-saving projects, plus fabric is kept out of landfills.
Premiered: October 2, 2011
Dr. Jonathan Tueting is an Assistant Professor of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the UW Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. He gives valuable insights on carpal tunnel prevention to those of us who sew and quilt.
Premiered: September 28, 2015
Six women artists and writers formed a modern day quilting bee. Together they learned a new art form—quilting—while sharing history and the love of family. As they found out, quilts not only keep us warm, but tell stories and also build friendships. These women made six very special quilts, and each quilt will be treasured for a lifetime.
Premiered: December 16, 2013
Christine Motl shares stories about her collection of antique feed sacks used to make quilts. From a campaign for governor in 1938 and other patriotic WWII designs to whimsical Disney designs—she knows the stories behind each. Feed sacks, which also encompass flour and sugar sacks, are soft and yield about 1-1/4 yd. of usable fabric for quilting and other sewing projects.
Premiered: September 30, 2012
Cindy Kerr, Conkerr Cancer, details how you can make hospitalized children smile by sewing a simple pillowcases. Cindy started the program when her son was diagnosed with bone cancer. In the last five years, over 550,000 pillowcases have been sewn, many of them in the hospital with the children helping to pin and cut.